cm_millionaire2Olive Elementary School Librarian Karen Thompson created a program called the Millionaire’s Club as an incentive for students to read more. At the end of this past school year, nine “millionaires” were driven to the Oceanside Pier in a limousine for a celebratory lunch at Ruby’s Diner followed by a party at the school’s library, where they each received certificates and gift cards.

In order to be a member of the Millionaire’s Club, students must reach a major benchmark within each academic year: reading one million words or more as evidenced by their Accelerated Reading comprehension test scores. Club membership includes special privileges such as a line pass for lunch and the playground, checking out more than one book each week, and a big party at the end of the school year for members only. The program is administered by Karen with fundraising help from Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SIVNCI) and other anonymous donors. Learn more about the Millionaire’s Club and SIVNCI at www.oliveelementary.com and www.soroptimistvista.org.